Future For an Alabama Lottery?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016


Two separate bills filed today at the Statehouse would allow Alabamians to vote on the possibility of a lottery here. Senator Jim McClendon of Springville, said Senate Bill 19 would not specify how any revenue lottery would be used by the state. Whether the money would go toward the state’s General Fund or education budgets would be decided by lawmakers in 2017.  Alabamians in 1999 voted down a lottery proposed by then-Governor Don Siegelman. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Craig Ford of Gadsden, filed legislation to allow the people of Alabama to vote on a statewide lottery for education. If approved, the proceeds from the lottery would be used to fund scholarships to Alabama’s two-year and four-year colleges.


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